Cats Win In Extra Innings

After putting themselves in a hole, the Arizona softball team looked to stay alive, battling through the loser's bracket, with a win over Cal in the WCWS. Arizona made it difficult for themselves going into extra innings, and blowing a two run lead in the fifth inning. Eventually the Cats would prevail in the 12th inning to win 3-2, and move on to play Texas. The game was rained out Saturday night and rescheduled for 10:00 am Sunday.

Arizona struck first in the second inning with a lead-off homerun by catcher Jackie Coburn. Two batters later and Callista Balko hit a solo shot of her own to put Arizona up 2-0. The lead would hold until the top of the 5th inning.

Arizona had not lost a single game this season when leading after the fourth inning, but Cal was able to strike back in the fifth. A leadoff single by Chelsea Spencer started it up for the Golden Bears. A sac bunt followed by a wild pitch by Alicia Hollowell put Spencer on third. Julie Meyer was the next batter who singled, scoring Spencer making the score 2-1.

Erika Ranklin then pinch ran for Meyer. Eventually she would steal second. A one hopper to Hollowell by Vicky Galindo, that would have ended the inning, was fumbled. Hollowell was credited with an error on the fielding mishap. Ranklin ran hard from second to go home, but Hollowell's throw was off the mark as Ranklin scored the tying run 2-2. Hollowell was also credited with an error on the throw home.

Following the two errors on the same play, Arizona had their work cut out for them in order to regain the lead and stay alive in the WCWS. Both teams were unable to produce forcing extra innings.

No runs had been scored and the twelfth inning was the second straight that the Cats were able to get runners on first and second with no outs. In the eleventh, they were unable to advance the runners, but the twelfth would prove to be much different for the UA.

With Adirenne Acton pinch running on second and Crystal Farley running at first, it would be Allyson Von Liechtenstein who would be the hero. A short fly ball to the outfield proved to be just enough for Acton who ran home safe with the slide to advance Arizona.

The Cats now face Texas Sunday morning at 10:00 am. Once again it is an elimination game for Arizona.


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